A man's 60th birthday is a powerful opportunity to honour him and to celebrate the accomplishments and joys of the previous six decades. The best birthday parties are tailored to the guest of honor's tastes, interests and desires. Planning a birthday party for a man turning 60 should be a fun, respectful endeavour with the intention of leaving him with a sense of belonging and enthusiasm for the future ahead of him.
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Throw a themed party tailored to the favourite leisure activities of the man turning 60. For example, if he loves football, throw a football-themed party with a football cake, decorations and a tailgate cookout or barbecue. Schedule the party around a day when his favourite teams are playing, if his birthday falls during football season. Encourage guests to give football-themed gifts.
Other themed party ideas include ethnic food parties, Hawaiian luaus, blast-from-the-past parties with mystery guests from his past, art parties if he is an artist and sports or recreation themed parties for his favourite activities. Some people would enjoy a Truman Capote-style black-and-white birthday party with an array of black-and-white foods, guests dressed in black and white, and appropriate party decorations.
Plan a vacation to a place that means a lot to the man having his birthday. Stu Rich, an 82-year-old rock climber, spent his 70th birthday on top of one of the tallest mountains in Russia. If the birthday man is the rugged outdoors type, consider a birthday vacation to one of his favourite outing spots. If the birthday man is more into relaxing on the beach, rent a villa in a coastal town in Mexico for him and his friends. Organise a party at the villa with catered food and drinks from local restaurants and bars.
If the sextagenarian is still close with friends and family in his hometown, plan a birthday vacation in the town. Include a tour of all of his favourite restaurants and places in town. Take a drive to see his old schools, homes and parks he used to spend time in.
Unless he has a heart condition, a surprise party will let him feel deeply cared for by the planners and guests. A surprise party sends the message that his friends and family love him and are excited to see him enjoying himself. Prepare his favourite foods and try to get his oldest friends and relatives to attend, all without letting him know you are doing so. Tell him that you are planning to take him out for lunch or dinner, and then drive him to the site of the party where all the guests are waiting.
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